Into week three of the next-gen console gaming countdown! This week we are looking at our top five next-gen launch titles. Usually when a console generation launches it will have a selection of games built purely for it which are not available on the previous generation of possibly competing consoles. This time it’s a bit different, so whilst we will be listing some of the key launch games, three of the five games are also available on PS4 and/or Xbox One. Cross-gen gaming has become a huge topic, with PS5 seemingly playing catch up to Xbox’s recent statements that they don’t really care what anyone plays on as it is all about the gaming and making it accessible to those who maybe cannot afford the latest console. Anyway, for now we have put the top 5 launch games we are most excited to play on Xbox Series X/S and PS5 release day, check them out below.
1 – Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Available on – PS4/PS5
The 2018 PS4 exclusive Spider-Man was a truly astoundingly fun game, great cinematics and gameplay with an interesting and heartfelt story. This is a spin-off focussed on Miles Morales who we met in the first game, whilst it won’t be the longest game (similar in length and scale as Uncharted: The Lost Legacy) it has been built to show off the PS5 abilities (whilst also being available on PS4). From stunning ray-tracing to quick loading, this aims to show us what the next gen really will be able to do. Plus it has a pet cat and Miles has some awesome new abilities which never does any harm.
2 – Assassins Creed: Valhalla
Available on – PS4/PS5/Xbox One/Xbox Series X/S
Assassin’s Creed is one of the in-consistent gaming series out there. From the initial great of AC 2/2 we had the depths of Unity, and then you have the general timeline and elements that don’t really add up anymore. Nonetheless, Valhalla looks to strip back all the ‘over the top’ elements of Odyssey (that made it one of the largest recent RPG’s) and focuses on great combat, visuals and a story that takes us to new areas and regions. This game will probably show off the new consoles best, but whether the story will equal the visuals, well only time will tell.
3 – Dirt 5
Available on – PS4/PS5/Xbox One/Xbox Series X
Some of the best games to show off what a new console can do visually are racing games, they rely on refresh rates and power to push everything through quickly enough to show no lag. That’s why it’s exciting these next-gen consoles will launch with Dirt 5, with a fun handling model and the brains of Codemasters behind this game, it should make use of the next-gen power handily and provide our first hint of racing cars in rich environments and what we may expect from the next Forza and Gran Turismo.
4 – Demons Souls
Available on – PS5
Demons Souls is the first game on this list to be purely next-gen and purely for PS5. Now, I can confess I have never played Demons Souls or got close to trying its ultra-hard game modes. However, this ground-up remake really does make use of the power PS5 has to supply. From textures and environments that are incredibly rich in detail (compare them to the PS3 original and it is mad how technology has upgraded) to instant loading not slowing you down as you travel between demons to take down. This looks to be an impressive game and kudos to Bluepoint who rebuilt it.
5 – Godfall
Available on – PS5
Godfall is described as a new type of genre of gaming – the looter slasher. Slash away at enemies to gain loot, level up and fight the big boss at the end. It doesn’t sound too awesome or unique, but watch a gameplay video and you may change your tune. This game looks BEAUTIFUL. The use of ray-tracing is what caught my attention most and when the light catches the shiny ‘valorarmour’ it makes the look of the in-gaming lighting, unlike anything we have witnessed in games before. Safe to say this game looks like a lot of fun and a joy for the eyes.